The Environment and Human Health and Well-Being
William Sullivan, Professor / BLA Curriculum Committee Chair Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois
Frances Kuo, Associate Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois
Host: Craig Cohen
Research in recent years has indicated a possible connection between people's health and well-being, and the environment around them. From elderly people tending to live longer when they live close to a park, to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder displaying fewer symptoms afer spending time in nature. And then there are people who live in urban settings, without trees and grass. Research has indicated they tend to be more violent and aggressive.
So is it as simple as the more trees around you, the healthier, more productive, and happier you are? Or do we just happen to seek out places to live and work that reflect the personalities we already have, so peaceful, socially engaged people seek out trees, while more aggressive, intense people naturally prefer a big city? Are there other factors at play? Just what is the connection between our environment and our ability to interact, learn, and live healthy?